Governor Jeb Bush of Florida declared a state of emergencyand ordered the evacuation of half a million people asHurricane Frances gathered strength and aimed at the state’ssoutheast coast. Like Charley, Frances has suddenly begun togain strength. It is a Category 4 hurricane at present, andfears are that it will become a Category 5 storm if it doesnot make significant landfall before it reaches Florida. Hurricane Charley was the second most damaging hurricane inUS history, causing upwards of fifteen billion dollars worthof damage on Florida’s west coast. Meanwhile, Asia has experienced a series of 16 typhoons andsupertyphoons this season, marking this as one of the mostactive typhoon seasons on record. Typhoon No.